Positivity Rates are Now Through the State's Chart 

State Long-Term Care Guidance and Positivity Rate Webpage
Last Chance for the 2021 Live Safety Code
September 27-28, 2021
In-person at NMHCA/NMCAL Training Center

Register Here
CMS Updates

Update on COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

If you previously got 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, you can get a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine if you fall into one of these groups:
You can get your booster shot at least 6 months after you complete your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The booster shot can help strengthen and prolong your protection against COVID-19.

Learn More

Visit for more information on other groups already vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine that may be eligible for a booster shot.

Remember: Medicare covers a Pfizer vaccine booster shot at no cost to you.

Please note that the NM Department of Health has not issued guidance around the booster. NMHCA Staff and Members are working with the DOH Medical Advisory Team to develop this guidance. 
AHCA  Updates

PRF Phase 4 & Rural Distribution Application Open 

The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and Rural Distributions application webpage is now live. It offers an array of guidance and new educational opportunities including additional webinar dates in October. Notable materials are:  The application will close on October 26, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applications must undergo a number of validation checks before financial information is submitted. Providers are encouraged to begin their application as soon as possible to ensure they are able to meet the deadline. Information on the documents and information needed to apply can be found in the resources following.

In order to streamline the application process and minimize administrative burdens, providers will apply for both programs in a single application. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) will also use existing Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program, and Medicare claims data in calculating portions of these payments.

Other HRSA resources include: 
HRSA also updated its searchable FAQs and the FAQ Document in PDF adding Phase 4 and Rural Distribution eligibility ad application FAQs as well as new PRF Reporting FAQs.

AHCA/NCAL has included the new FAQs on Phase 4 and Rural Distributions and updated Reporting FAQs which can be accessed via the below button. On October 5, AHCA/NCAL will post a pre-recorded webinar on application tips. 
National Quality Award Intent to Apply Now Open 
Sept. 16 - Nov.11, 2021

The 2022 National Quality Award intent to apply is now open!  We encourage applicants who plan to apply for a Quality Award to submit an intent to apply by logging into the Quality Award Portal before the deadline on November 11, 2021. Applying for a National Quality Award provides a framework that can be used to prepare for and make critical improvements and serves as a team-building activity to engage staff across all levels.

While not mandatory, applicants who submit an ITA will automatically save money on their overall application fee. No paperwork is needed.
Submit Your ITA Today!
Bronze Award
Silver Award
Gold Award

National Committees

Now through October 21
, you have the opportunity to nominate yourself or another member to serve on one or more of the following committees:  Business Management, Clinical Practice, Constitution and Bylaws, Credentialing, Customer Experience, Emergency Preparedness and Life Safety, Independent Owner Council, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Residential Services, Legal, Not for Profit Council, Political Action and Involvement (PAIC), Quality Improvement, Regional Multi-facility Council, Reimbursement, Survey/Regulatory, and Workforce.

AHCA Facility Member Nominations:

All AHCA members are encouraged to participate in this process.  In an effort to create diverse and widespread representation, appointments to specific committees may be limited to one participant per state and company.  To assist in the process, individuals should be nominated for up to three committees and rank their selections in order of preference. 

To submit your nominations, please complete the Survey Monkey.

Save on your Infection Control Training

Members can save $50 on AHCA/NCAL’s popular Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO Version 2) by using promo code IPCO2021 at checkout through October 31, 2021. IPCO is the most popular ahcancalED training and the most lucrative from a non-dues revenue standpoint for state affiliates. All state affiliates automatically receive 40 percent of net revenue on sales of ahcancalED products in their respective states.
This training is recommended for individuals responsible for infection prevention and control in all long-term care settings. AHCA and CMS both recommend that each skilled nursing facility train at least two Infection Preventionists should one Infection Preventionist leave the facility or be unavailable. The course also is recommended for clinical leaders in assisted living communities. 

IPCO Version 2 is designed to train Infection Preventionists and is approved for 25 ANCC contact hours. The online course also is approved for 22 NAB CEUs for administrators. AHCA/NCAL recognizes administrators will not typically serve as designated Infection Preventionists, but recommends that administrators consider taking the course to gain a deeper understanding of infection prevention and control in the overall operation of a nursing facility as this remains a high target area for survey and liability.


 Got Text? 
NMHCA/NMCAL rolled out our newest member service—text notifications--earlier this year. This allows us to send you a text to let you know when something important is released, such as new guidance, a data collection request, etc. While this information is typically sent out in the Bulletin, we understand that you may not always have time to read through them to determine what is important for you or sometimes, you might simply forget it came out when you have time to go through your emails. A text will serve as a reminder that there is something that may need your attention. Save the number, (833) 589-0341, in your phone as NMHCA/NMCAL so you don't miss a thing

Members need to opt in to be included, so if you or anyone in your facility would like to receive text notices, please email cell phone numbers, names, and titles to NMHCA/NMCAL at
Long-term Care Poster
NMHCA/NMCAL developed the attached poster to assist facilities in communicating the differences in guidance and direction for assisted living and nursing facilities from the general public. We invite you to print as many copies as you'd like and post them around the areas or send them to families, so they have a clear understanding of the guidance you are required to follow. 

Reporting Information

Click here to download State Reporting Requirements

  • Report possible COVID-19--505-837-0006.
  • NM Division of Health Improvement Incident Reporting: (800) 752-8649
  • Vaccine breakthrough reporting -  505-827-0006. 
  • Report staff and resident vaccines to the State every Monday using the following link,


2021 Workshops

All workshops are currently planned as
in-person events. 

2021 Live Safety Code
September 27-28, 2021
In-person at NMHCA/NMCAL Training Center

Register Here

Passenger Assistance/MVO Trainer Course

October 19-20, 2021
In-person training at NMHCA/NCAL

Register Here

Certified Medication Aide Training
October 26 - November 5, 2021
In-person training at NMHCA/NCAL

Register Here

Activity Director Training

November 8-12, 2021
In-person training at NMHCA/NCAL

Register Here

Registration is now open for the 
72nd AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo 
October 10-13 at the National Harbor outside Washington, DC. 


PPE Ordering Information

Requests for PPE should submit Form ICS 213RR to your local Emergency Manager.

Download Emergency Manager List here 

PPE Ordering Process/instructions

NMHCA Staff Contact Information

Vicente Vargas, Executive Director,, 505-710-8560

Patricia Whitacre, RN, Director of Clinical and Quality Services,, 505-301-3085

Tracy Alter, Senior Director of Member Services,, 505-440-3806

AHCA/NCAL Online Training

 ICD-10 Training for PDPM — CODER

ICD-10 Training for PDPM— NON-CODER

Understanding SNF VBP in Detail

Infection Preventionist Specialized Training - IPCO

The popular ahcancalED Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is on sale through October 31, 2020.  Registrants can save $50 off the regular registration price this month by using promo code IPCO2020 when they register. 
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